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Narcotics Control Bureau SP gets beaten when on raid in Arambol

08 Oct 2017 06:32am IST

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08 Oct 2017 06:32am IST

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Locals mistake the police team in civil clothes for tourists; SP fires in the air to disperse crowd

PANJIM: Superintendent of Police (SP) of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) was beaten up by a mob of locals at Aramabol after he allegedly assaulted the owner of a beach shack without disclosing his identity. The SP had to fire in the air to disperse the crowd.

Pernem Police said they have received a complaint from SP NCB Jitendra Ranjan that a mob of people assaulted him at Arambol beach. 

DySP Uttam Raut Desai, in-charge of Pernem Police Station, said that immediately on receiving the information, staff from Pernem and Anjuna Police Stations rushed to the site to control the law and order situation. But there wasn’t any incident after the mob attack. 

Sources in Mapusa Police said Ranjan had sought staff from Mapusa Police Station to conduct a narcotics raid in North Goa and as such three police constables and one lady constable were assigned to him.

It is learnt that Ranjan had taken two bank managers from Mapusa as witnesses along with him. 

Witnesses at Sakhailowado-Arambol who saw the episode said there was a scuffle between Ranjan, who was in civil clothes, and the owner of the beach shack and one staff. 

Seeing that the shack owner was being assaulted, and thinking that they were tourists assaulting the shack owner, over 50 people gathered and thrashed Ranjan unaware that he was a police superintendent and attached to the NCB. It is learnt that the incident occurred at the ‘Om Star Shack’ at Sakhailowado-Arambol. 

North Goa SP Chandana Chowdhary said that as per the NCB complaint the team had gone for a raid in Arambol and the interrogation led to altercations which led to the fight between locals and the NCB SP. 

“There was a mob of locals who were even pelting stones and in order to disperse them SP of NCB had to fire rounds in air. We are registering a case against the owner of the shack and others. Medical exam of the staff of NCB is being done and we will record the statement of SP NCB,” Chowdhary said. 

When Herald tried to contact Ranjan on Saturday evening he was busy.

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